Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Firing at border won’t stop: BSF chief

Chief of the Indian Border Security Force U K Bansal has said it would not be possible to totally stop the firing at the border as they must take steps to stop the offenders.

“It would never be possible to totally stop firing - so long criminal activities would continue to take place at the India-Bangladesh border, BSF men will have to prevent the offences. And that is the duty of the troop,” he said this during an interview with BBC Bangla in Kolkata broadcast on Tuesday.

Bansal's comments came when human rights organisations has been alleging that the incidents of killing and torture of Bangladeshis in the hands of BSF are witnessing a rising trend. 

The BSF director general’s remarks blatantly negated the repeated assurances given to Bangladesh by the Indian authorities.

The television screening of recent brutal torture of a Bangladeshi youth, Habibur Rahman of Chapainawabganj, by the Indian BSF sparked uproar by the civil society and international human rights watchdogs.

Even an Indian leading daily, The Hindu asked the Indian government to offer apology to Bangladesh for such inhuman torture.